This local all-boys secondary school enhances the MOE curriculum with several innovation and design programmes, and offers students the choice of studying GCEs or the IBDP depending on their PSLE results.
St Joseph's Institution (SJI) is a government-run local secondary school that follows Singapore’s MOE curriculum. As well as being considerably cheaper than an international school, SJI offers all the advantages of a local school: it immerses your child in the local culture, offers a world-class curriculum with an excellent reputation for maths and science, and embraces an English-based bilingual system where Mandarin is taught as a second language to international students.
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Founded in 1852, SJI is a Catholic secondary school for boys with a sizeable international community of students. The school offers Secondary 1 to 4 and a co-educational pre-university education from JC 1 to 2.
SJI offers two streams of education – the Normal stream where students work towards GCEs, and the Integrated Programme (IP), which allows top-performing students to take the IBDP. Both curriculums focus on English, mother tongue languages, maths, science and humanities.
SJI has enhanced its MOE curriculum with several programmes that focus on innovation: ArtScience, which was developed with Harvard University and encourages students to design innovative solutions to social challenges; Design Thinking, which integrates a design mindset with business-oriented value propositions; and World&Me, which encourages students to discuss and deliberate local and global issues. It also offers classes on Religious, Moral and Social Education, and leadership roles in the Student Council and at the Lasallian Leadership Training Camp.
One of the oldest schools in Singapore, SJI’s alumni include the former Singaporean president Tony Tan. As well as offering a broad programme of co-curricular activities, SJI runs adventure camps and expeditions for all year groups. SJI is one of seven Lasallian schools in Singapore (another is the private SJI International School), all of which are focused on pastoral care and “respect for the individual”.
Admission and fees
All secondary students must apply for a place through the annual S1 Posting Exercise, which takes places from June to September every year. Also, all expats entering Secondary 1-3 have to pass the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS), which assesses English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Students are posted to secondary schools based their PSLE results, choice of school and the places available.
SJI offers up to 20% of its places through the Direct Schools Admission (DSA) exercise. Places are awarded through DSA for both the Secondary 1 GCE and IP streams based on talent in sport, the arts and leadership, or academia.
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Annual tuition fees (2018-19) for international students from non-ASEAN countries are $13,200 for all local secondary schools; additional costs include a miscellaneous fee, which the MOE says is “a contribution towards the cost of materials used by students”.
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